Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By DUN­CAN GIB­BONS Con­tent Edi­tor dun­can.gib­bons@coven­try­tele­

THE Vik­ings are set to in­vade Coventry for the sec­ond time in 1,000 years.

Af­ter King Canute sacked the Saxon nun­nery of St Os­burg’s in 1016, the Herbert Art Gallery & Mu­seum is host­ing a sum­mer-long cel­e­bra­tion of the lives and times of our Nordic an­ces­tors.

A se­ries of events, ex­hi­bi­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties al­lows vis­i­tors to step back in time to dis­cover how the North­men lived, why they chose to set­tle in Bri­tain and ex­plore the many Norse myths and fa­bles that have passed down through the cen­turies.

It starts with Fear­some Crafts­men: Dis­cover the Artistry of the Vik­ing World, which runs from July 1 un­til Septem­ber 24, and fea­tures items from ex­ca­va­tions at York, in­clud­ing a real skele­ton and pre­cious me­tal work, along with a 15ft replica carved wooden fish­ing boat,

Then there’s a fam­ily fun day on Fri­day, July 28, from 10am to 4pm, when ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude crafts, face paint­ing, weaponry dis­plays, dance work­shops and per­for­mances by award-win­ning sto­ry­tellers An­na­ma­tion.

A Very Vik­ing Voy­age, which runs un­til Au­gust 28, aims to spark the imag­i­na­tions of un­der-4s, while The Vik­ings Have Landed, which runs from July 29 to Septem­ber 2, sees a dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity ev­ery day, from boats, fires, swords, dragons and weav­ing.

The en­tire tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing put on by the world fa­mous York-based Jorvik Vik­ing Cen­tre.

Jo Mus­kett, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Cul­ture Coventry, said: “It’s all about the Vik­ings this sum­mer at The Herbert.

“Peo­ple have their own ideas about how Vik­ings lived, but, thanks to Jorvik, we will get the best pos­si­ble in­sight into these mys­te­ri­ous set­tlers.

“We’re hop­ing to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion with some won­der­ful ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the com­ing months – there is some­thing for ev­ery­one, of all ages, to en­joy.

“We know how un­pre­dictable the Bri­tish weather can be dur­ing the sum­mer – the Herbert is one place you can en­joy your­self, hid­ing from the rain, or cool­ing down from the sun in our beau­ti­fully air con­di­tioned gal­leries!”

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